Thursday, October 7, 2010
So far this year, nine American teenagers have committed suicide. The epidemic of bullying sweeping America has a single underlying theme: homophobia.
I am furious at parents for failing to teach their children the difference between right and wrong. No teenager deserves to be tortured to death for being gay or lesbian. The roots of homophobia begin at home and often, are justified with the Bible.
The following nine teenagers have taken their lives so far this year.
Tyler Clementi (age 18) September 22, 2010. New Jersey
Billy Lucas (age 15) September 9, 2010. Indiana
Cody J. Barker (age 17) September 13, 2010. Wisconsin
Seth Walsh (age 13) September 19, 2010. California
Asher Brown (age 13) September 23, 2010. Texas
Harrison Chase Brown (age 15) September, 25 2010. Colorado
Raymond Chase (age 19) September 29, 2010. Rhode Island
Caleb Nolt (age 14) September 30, 2010. Indiana
Felix Sacco (age 17) September 29, 2010. Massachusetts
Please, America. Bullying is not a joke and it needs to stop. In time, bullying may lead to depression, drug addiction, and even death.